I’m feeling a bit jaded about fashion blogging these days. Not fashion blogging in general. Just outfit posts. My own outfit posts. And by jaded I mean apathetic, wearied, lacking enthusiasm. Or as Dictionary.com says, “surfeited, satiated by over-indulgence.” That sounds about right. I tried to do a couple of outfit posts this week, but every idea I had simply left me cold. And I couldn’t muster a halfway decent smile for the camera to save my soul. I’m not terribly photogenic at the best of times, but these shots were painful to behold. I was grimacing, like my face hurt from trying to smile.
I’m not tired of fashion. Nor have I lost my enthusiasm for finding, say, those perfect jeans or the exact sweater I need to go with them. Far from it. It’s just that when it comes to outfit posts I think that I’ve run the gamut of everything that’s currently in my closet. That I’ve tried every possible realistic combination and permutation that I can come up with given the items I currently own. You see the outfit ideas that left me cold this week, did so because once I tried them on I realized that I would never wear them. They were too fussy, too boring, too “not me.” And I ask you… what’s the point in blogging about something that I wouldn’t actually wear?
And this made me think of a post that I read in the spring written by one of my favourite fashion bloggers. Silvia Cristescu is an Art History major turned fashion stylist for the Romanian magazine Viva! And last spring I saw this picture on her blog The Stunning Look. And I couldn’t get the little sign she held out of my head. “Practice what you post”… perfect.
|The Stunning Look|
That little sign perfectly sums up my philosophy of blogging. And for the most part I do… “practice what I post.”
Most of the outfits I’ve posted this fall, I’ve worn. Like these three. I wore my Paige jeans, purple Tory Burch tie blouse and Vince coat sweater for lunch and shopping one day in October. First time that Tory Burch blouse had been out of the house in years. I wore my jeans, white tee, and black Helmut Lang jacket for tea at the Chateau Laurier with my friend Susan. High tea calls for pumps, doesn’t it? I added my silk animal print scarf. My blue equipment blouse with jeans and sneakers was perfect for a very full day of shopping with my sister. She was looking for outfits for several events. I love shopping for someone else. And then seeing how fab they look. And she did…look fabulous, I mean.